About John

John Welbourn is a former 9-year NFL starter and CEO of Power Athlete. And he also created the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John started over 100 games with 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and FUSE MOVE. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete. EAT THE WEAK.

Another 42 Things I Have Learned

Ten years ago, I wrote a blog post called “The 42 Things I Have Learned Leading up to 2013"  Since then, I have learned a lot more than I care to admit, and much I would choose to forget. Having lost loved ones and gained many more, I realize that receipts for a life well-lived are not counted with the possessions we collect nor the shit we amass, but the influence we have [...]

By |2023-04-22T08:26:11-05:00April 21st, 2023|Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

8 Rules for Success in 2021

You know that whole “new me, new you, new us” declaration that floods the world every year around New Years?  Not a fan.  Don’t get me wrong - I support change and will always be a vehicle for people to better themselves through Power Athlete. It’s the lack of follow through on hollow promises that irks me.  But I believe 2021 can be different. Let me explain...

By |2021-01-06T20:25:37-06:00January 7th, 2021|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

Keeping It Up For A Long Time

John, Loving these workouts, John! I'm a washed up former rugby player (played throughout college and semi pro afterwards before quitting due to injury). These workouts are awesome for making me hit stuff I usually wouldn't while adding the fun foundation and bodybuilding work. We have an infant son and these workouts are going to make it possible for me to play with and eventually coach him as he and I get older. [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:20:01-05:00May 22nd, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

How To Build 20 Inch Arms in 5 Weeks

In a perfect world, the easiest way to get 20” arms is to start with 19” arms and get a decent pump. But for most average gym goers this isn't a realistic starting point. Most well-trained men are in the 16-17” arm category which means we have our work cut out for us. If you are new to strength training, this might not be ideal for you today, but in the near future [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:22:49-05:00May 16th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

Ahead of the Curve

In current times where our reality involves sheltering at home and quarantine many of our athletes don’t have access to gyms, weights, bars, bumpers, dumbbells and strength training equipment. And because I pride myself on being ahead of the curve, I made the decision to offer a free training program called Third Monkey that can be executed with about 50 dollars’ worth of gear that can be bought at any Home Depot or stuff you might have laying around the farm or ranch. This includes buckets, cinder blocks, bags of concrete, bands, straps and other odds and ends...

By |2020-05-02T12:56:12-05:00May 2nd, 2020|Johnnie WOD|0 Comments

Apocalypse Preparation 2020

Hollywood has long had a romance with stories about viruses, zombies, the end of civilization, and viruses that create zombies who end civilizations. The Omega Man/I Am Legend, World War Z, every Mission Impossible, Resident Evil, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead coupled with TV shows like the Walking Dead, Z Nation, In The Flesh - there is an endless stream. But what if this were to actually happen?  How would I survive, you ask?...

By |2020-05-14T11:38:20-05:00April 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

2020 Updated Reading List

When I started Talk To Me Johnnie a decade ago, I included a required reading list based on my current situation. At that point in history, I was still crafting the foundations of Power Athlete, so I was reading about training and human performance, and of course, the River Cottage Meat book. Since then, a lot has changed...

By |2020-03-27T17:58:03-05:00March 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|9 Comments

Hammer Curls

John, I have followed Power Athlete’s training for years and made tremendous gains. One question, why do you favor hammer curls in programs? Lots of love, Jacked Street Resident Since I was 14 years old, my full time job was pushing people around on the football field in a tight fitting jersey. Back then, they didn’t tailor the jerseys like in the NFL, so the only way the sleeves were going to be [...]

By |2019-02-16T09:11:41-06:00February 16th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Looking for Guidance

John, I am looking for some guidance for my wife. She just completed Sorinex’s "Squatober" and "Deadcember" via Pen and Paper Strength App. She loved the programming and has been trying to find a program that was similar. Her biggest problem is the only place she can do these kinds of workouts is a local CrossFit box. But they require her to complete their class WOD before she bangs weights. Do you have [...]

By |2019-01-22T12:29:23-06:00January 19th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment


As each New Year approaches, I always get asked if I am planning a year in review post. While that exercise is always valuable for me and the company, not every year deserves its own public recap. In years past the message has been humorous laced with a heavy dose sarcasm. That said, this year has been very different. Let’s take a cue from the ghost of Christmas past, turn the page backwards, [...]

By |2019-01-01T10:27:28-06:00January 1st, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|10 Comments
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